Sat 29 Apr, pm TBC – World Disco Soup Waltham Forest and Local People’s Food Forum Launch
The Best Before Project is teaming up with Plan Zheros [weblink] and This is Rubbish [weblink to take part in World Disco Soup Day [web link]. On April 29th we join the movement to call for attention and action to stop global food waste.
A Disco Soup is a way of collecting a lot of food that was going to be wasted, cooking it into something yummy together with a lot of people and having fun in the process.
Join us to fill bellies instead of bins!
This event is also a perfect opportunity to bring the diverse range of local food organisations together to launch the Local People’s Food Forum. So come along to discover what is being done in Waltham Forest to build a sustainable food system, from farm to fork and beyond.
Venue and time in the afternoon TBC – please check the Hornbeam website for more details. www.hornbeam.org.uk . Free. Contact: email@example.com
Are you wondering about the stories and the people behind the migration headlines?
This is a Supper Club with a twist. Great global food with global stories thrown in too.
“I think he’s quite isolated… your welcome came along just at the right time.” Through a broken phone conversation, one of our volunteers had told his English teacher that he loves coming to our preparation sessions. It’s nice to hear – it feels like chaos!
So every week we all meet to plan the Supper and build our skills. We cook, we learn English, we tell stories. Volunteers buddy up together and work through food safety training.
We’re a mixed bunch – local, not so local, refugees, asylum seekers, those working full time and those with time to kill. Established chefs, and beginners. Most of us are volunteers, all of us are learning.
Five weeks ago we didn’t know each other. Next week we’re all serving dinner to fifty people. This project has brought more people together than we ever expected, and they’ve already gained a huge amount from volunteering. Concrete food safety training, new friendships… Hopefully, some of the people we cook for will also take our stories and scatter them in the places that matter.
Wish us luck…! And please come to dinner!
Please note Stories and Supper is not at the Hornbeam but at Central Parade so we can cater to more people! Central Parade, 6-10 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 4RT.
We are sharing a beautifully written post written by Organiclea in memory of our co-worker and friend Felicia Ruperti who died last Friday 17 March.
Some of you will know Felicia well, and some not at all. She worked with such compassion and care and joy running OrganicLea‘s jamming project at the Hornbeam every Community Monday with Kim and supporting people to learn with such grace, kindness and humour.
She stated that she didn’t want a funeral or memorial but said: ‘If you would like to do something, then please plant a tree. Maybe a fruit or nut tree, or native trees – something the bees like to buzz around, that people or wildlife can eat, maybe a home for insects and birds.” We will share any information about this as we hear more.
Thinking of the lovely Felicia, we will miss her very much – may she rest in peace. xxxx
Felicia We were deeply saddened to learn the news of Felicia Ruperti‘s death on Friday 17 March 2017. Felicia was more than a colleague, she was a friend. Anyone who came into contact with Felicia recognised that she was a force for change. She was committed to making the world a better place and everything she did reflected that. She was kind, generous with her time and incredibly enthusiastic about any project she worked on.
To share some of the work that Felicia has been doing with us during her time at OrganicLea: Felicia (or Felic) to some, came to us in the summer of 2015. Within a year, she had grown Farm Start from a project in its infancy to one that surpassed even our ambitions: seven growing sites in London and rural environs, providing opportunities for new entrants to organic horticulture and boosting the local food economy.
You don’t just happen upon land in and around London: Felicia had to sweet-talk, badger, and negotiate relentlessly to get hold of it; bury herself in legal contracts; and provide practical and moral support to our Farm Starters, all with the same high level of dedication and organisation.
One of said Farm Starters was Felicia herself: she spent a day a week working with Farook at the Marsh Lane Kitchen Garden, growing food exclusively for the Clove Club restaurant as part of our explorations into Chef Supported Agriculture. Another day of the week she could be found at the Hornbeam kitchen, generating a range of delicious preserves from our surplus fruit and veg, whilst training people up in home economics. She appeared to be able to turn her hand to most things, and walking the talk came naturally to her. Both of these ventures she gave herself to fully, right into the last week of her life.
Felicia was always much more than her job: she threw herself into the life and culture of the OrganicLea co-operative, fearlessly taking on public speaking responsibilities and cleaning duties with the same gutsy enthusiasm. She shared our vision for the transformation of the destructive food system into a just, sustainable one, participating in various activities and networks pushing for this wider change.
Felicia was sensitive to the exploitation of the world and the suffering of others. This understanding and empathy informed her activism, and made her more effective. It is inescapably sad that the world has lost a gifted community food activist at a time when such people are sorely needed. This sadness is outshone though, by our gratitude for the passion and skill that Felicia generously lent our community and movement in her time here. Although she died too young, Felicia experienced much in her life and gave so much to others. We feel lucky to have known Felicia and will always treasure the memories of her.
Calling local Food Rescuers to take action on Food Waste
The Best Before Project, with support of the Hornbeam Centre, has an exciting new opportunity for volunteers to gain an AQA accreditation in Designing, Planning & Delivering a Social Action Project. Taking part in this programme gives participants evidence of developing and improving important work and community skills.
Participants will work in a team and be supported to put on an event or multiple pop-up ‘pay what you feel’ stalls in the borough. The aim is to raise awareness among local people and independent food retailers and that it is not illegal to sell food that is passed its best before date.
Volunteers will practically help reduce preventable food waste and therefore save natural resources and enable people and small community organisations to save money.
There are many other ways to be part of Food Rescuing activities in the borough and we are keen to hear from organisations that can use or distribute food, or groups that would like to run their own ‘pay-what-you-feel’ stall.
See the volunteer role descriptions below for more details about the project and specific opportunities.
Sssshhhhh….. this could be one of the most useful and beautiful days you could attend this year…..
It’s in a gorgeous and secret enclave of forest at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve in Chingford where the Hornbeam manage the Learning Lodge and put on wonderful events like this!
The Hornbeam is running its second Wellbeing Day at the Hornbeam Learning Lodge in Chingford with Dao Lu Thai Chi and 15+ other local groups to stage this wonderful event.
Tai Chi, yoga, singing, massage, kick boxing for young people, makin
g lights and lanterns and a glow walk, the list is endless. We even have a Men’s Shed Group for guy-friendly chat!
THE DAY’S SCHEDULE
Yoga (prevention of fall) for 60+ (11:00 – 12:00)
Singing for all (12:00 – 12:45)
Massage for mums (including pregnant women) (12:00 – 13:45)
Tai Chi & Laughter for girls/women (12:45 – 13:45)
Kickboxing for young people (13:45 – 14:45)
Chingford Gents Group (14:45 – 15:45)
Craft for family (15:45 – 17:00)
Seasonal Aromatic Herb Playtime (15:45 – 17:00)
Tai Chi at Sunset (17:00 – 18:00)
Glow Walk (18:00 – 19:00)
Workshops are first come, first served, due to limited spaces. There will be a signing-up list on the door. Book your ticket now and do spread the word…..this is a secret we want to share!
Thurs 16th March, Open Decks Bring vinyl. Spin some tunes. Buy records. Drink a cocktail. Mingle. Dance. Yeah.
Please arrive by 8pm to get your name on the board and make the most of happy hour.
Thurs 23rd March, DJ Night – Dusty Sneakers Djs Science Man (Babuin) is back with his pal Wilfy G to take to the decks for a night of dusty vinyl, spaced-out house and sneaky, bleepy tech.
Drinks, cocktails, lazers and a little dance floor action.
Thurs 30th March, Film Night – The Divide The Divide tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in the modern day US and UK – where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. On general release in the UK from 22 April – we have a sneak, free preview!
Plus glorious vegan food cooked by the Hornbeam Cafe
Doors open at 6.30pm. Films start at 7pm
We’re here every Thursday with drinks, music and friendly faces. Join us!
Inspired by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joanna Newsom, Robin colours in his songs about love and life with guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, piano, double bass, organ, percussion toys and a few other instruments! See website and Facebook for more info [links]
17.30 – family feast
18.30 – 19.30 – Matinee family performance
20.30 Grown-ups performance and party
Thurs 26th January – January Film Night at the Hornbeam – The Gleaners and I Food served at 6:30, Film starts at 7:15. 80 mins film. Pay by donation.
Award winner at Cannes Film Festival in 2000, this creative documentary film by director Agnes Vada explores the history, culture and contemporary laws of gleaning in France. The film is mostly in French with English subtitles.
….Also find out how to become a Waltham Forest Food Rescuer to help reduce food waste and redistribute food surplus in the borough. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us on the Last Monday of every month (9.30am start, lunch at 1.30pm) for the tasks that keep this building ticking over and remaining an amazing resource for so many groups in the community.
Clickhere to join us, ensuring that you let us know that it’s Makeover Mondays that you’re interested in!
February 27th: Hallway Makeover!
It’s time to retire the beautiful art in our upstairs hallway and re-imagine our corridor.
We need… more mirrors, ALOT of paint and a few ladders.